Cities of Green Leaves Ginko no Kukai

Poetry Park – Phalen Lake

As a blogger inspired initiative to honor
the spirit and sacrifices of the people
in Japan’s stricken Tohoku region,
we are pleased to announce

Cities of Green Leaves Ginko-no-Kukai May 14 and 15, 2011

We encourage everyone
to join in an international nature walk
to be held May 14 and 15
followed by an international haiku contest.

We invite you to walk with us on those days, collaborating with like-minded poets and bloggers in combining their skills and talents, enter your haiku in a peer judged contest, and take the opportunity to offer aid and support to our friends in Japan in a consensus of thought, well wishes and kinetic energies to occur simultaneously around the globe.

It’s no surprise the kukai’s topic will take its cue from Sendai, Japan’s annual Aoba Matsuri Festival, an event held originally to honor the city’s founder, Date Masamune. The date has now become an annual celebration with thousands of visitors, a parade, sparrow dance, taiko drums and tree lined streets as part of the festival each year to rejoice in the arrival of spring’s new greenery and rebirth.

You may choose any place to hold your ginko walk in your vicinity, as long as it holds the attributes to inspire many to compassionate action in the beauty of poetry, and the celebration of the renewing power of nature’s seasons.

The address to submit your poems will be posted here this third weekend of May. Please return often until then for further updates and poetry. We look forward to walking with you!

Charitable Donations

Architecture for Humanity

Japanese Red Cross Society

Ngo Jen Official Website

Salvation Army in Japan

Participating Blogs

Area 17

Charlotte D’s Writer’s Blog

Green Tea and Bird Song

Haiku Bandit Society

Hailstone Haiku Circle Icebox

Red Dragonfly

Word Pond

please join us!

(click on highlighted text for more info)


For anyone interested in joining in, it’s a great idea and might be the perfect way to support Japan in a time of crisis and to give your local haiku or writing community a real dose of inspiration.

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A New Style of Junicho

At the link provided is information on a new style of Junicho that I have been working on with John Carley. Thanks to his most excellent input, it’s ready to trial and we’d love to do so here. John will lead, and I will participate, so we’re only calling for 4 more participants for the time-being.

Before any one does put their hand up by posting at the site, please have a look at background text at the link below, it should help explain how this style aims to be ‘new’ and what traditions we’ve relied on to develop it from, and what it should look like.

According to my records we have 11 names waiting to join a renku at the Snail, and I’d like to ask any of them to jump in here now, and as always, we’ll take the first 4. Because this renku is kind of a bonus to the other two Junicho I’d already taken names for, I’m happy for any combination of the waiting 11 to join us, then retain the original line-ups for the remaining two renku.

Andrew, Vasile, Alan, Lorin, Willie  #2
Melissa, Mary, Sandra, Bill, Matt, #3

If you’re part of the group 1 list currently working on the Winter Junicho and want to join, I’ll put you on the back up list, or even a list for a second ‘new’ Junicho, should the form prove enjoyable to compose and read!


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Ocean Hearted Flood Relief Project

Hi Snailers.

Things are so far beyond tough in Queensland (Australia) at the moment that it’s terrifying, but I wanted to alert your attention to something Queensland poet and fellow Snailer Graham Nunn is doing at his site, the Ocean Hearted Flood Relief Project.

Basically, Graham is donating his book sales and and matching each sale with a personal donation. It’s one of the best collections of Australian poetry around too, so have a look at the link above and see if you can help.

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Call for Renkujin – The Snail Reopens

After a long hiatus, I thought I’d overhaul the Snail’s site and open up a new renku for the new year!

So, please express your interest here, look around if you’re new to renku, and keep in mind that renku is about collaboration, even if there is a ‘leader’ of the poem.

I’ll be opening up a Junicho which I’ll lead, or possibly two (or even another form of renku), depending on the amount of participants.

So far we have at least 3, looking forward to hearing from you all

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Issa’s Snail is a collaborative poetry site open to those interested in the composition of renku (or renga) – which is, of course, linked verse by multiple authors. April 2011 will mark the beginning of our 3rd year as a group.

The Snail has so far completed around eight renku, among them Junicho, Tripharshva, Kasen and John Carley’s Yotsumono Renku. We’ve had such sabaki as the brilliant Queensland poet, editor and publisher Graham Nunn and the supremely knowledgeable John Carley and most recently Eiko Yachimoto, who led us in the first English-language Koyomi.

To get involved, browse through some of the completed renku and look back over the Drafts and Discussions, where you will see how we work, and try your hand at something from the Exercises page then put your hand up when we open a renku!

If you’re  interested in helping out with the admin and moderation, e-mail   mountain0ash[at]   and we can talk about adding you as an administrator

Ashley Capes

And a big thank you to Keiji and David at Cordite, for directly inspiring this group with a fantastic renga

I strongly recommend visiting Cordite to read Keiji’s excellent notes on renga, they are far better than I could ever do and are not just useful if you want to contribute, but are fascinating of themselves

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